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We will be taking our first Disney Cruise 9/14/2019 for our daughter’s fifth birthday. Thanks for all the tips.

 

 

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I only have experience with Fantasy. The minute you board the ship go straight to guest services and book a mixology class. So fun! If you can, try booking palo for a dinner and a brunch (not back to back though) ...both are great

 

Definitely do the mickey’s detective agency thing...(now I can’t rember what it’s called)...a fun family activity

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Can anyone give advice about an Oceanview room vs a Verandah with a young child?

 

 

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I was looking for tips and found this great list on the now locked first tips thread.

One thing not mentioned is how to find out what day pre-cruise new cruisers can start signing up for things on line.

Is it final payment day?

90 days pre-cruise?

Something else?

 

Thanks

 

Brand-new to DCL cruisers it is 75 days out - which in most cases is final payment.

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Can anyone give advice about an Oceanview room vs a Verandah with a young child?

 

 

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We really never spent time on the verandah when we had one. Maybe if your child will go to bed early and you want to hang out on the veranda? But we never did that. I like the ocean view bc they have a nice window seat

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We really never spent time on the verandah when we had one. Maybe if your child will go to bed early and you want to hang out on the veranda? But we never did that. I like the ocean view bc they have a nice window seat

 

Not all. Only the Deluxe Family Ocean View cabins have the huge windows with the seat (The Cat 8b-8D on the Dream and Fantasy). The other OV categories are windows only (some of the 9Cs on the Magic and Wonder in the very front of the ship have a "shelf" under the window because of the curvature of the ship, but it's not a true seat like the Cat 8s on the Dream and Fantasy.)

 

Just as a note for the verandah - you are not supposed to keep the door open as it a) creates a vacuum effect and b) affects the a/c system for the whole block of cabins which can include OV and Inside where they have no alternative cooling option. So I'm not sure I'd use it as a conversation spot while a child slept unless you were ok with the door being closed.

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Not all. Only the Deluxe Family Ocean View cabins have the huge windows with the seat (The Cat 8b-8D on the Dream and Fantasy). The other OV categories are windows only (some of the 9Cs on the Magic and Wonder in the very front of the ship have a "shelf" under the window because of the curvature of the ship, but it's not a true seat like the Cat 8s on the Dream and Fantasy.)

 

 

 

Just as a note for the verandah - you are not supposed to keep the door open as it a) creates a vacuum effect and b) affects the a/c system for the whole block of cabins which can include OV and Inside where they have no alternative cooling option. So I'm not sure I'd use it as a conversation spot while a child slept unless you were ok with the door being closed.

 

 

 

Thank you for the info about the window seat categories- when it’s time to book it will make it easier to determine what is available. I would either do verandah or those window seats, probably depending on price. Our son will be 5, so I think I’d be ok with him sleeping inside while we relaxed on the verandah. Might be nice to have coffee out there in the mornings as well?

 

 

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Thank you for the info about the window seat categories- when it’s time to book it will make it easier to determine what is available. I would either do verandah or those window seats, probably depending on price. Our son will be 5, so I think I’d be ok with him sleeping inside while we relaxed on the verandah. Might be nice to have coffee out there in the mornings as well?

 

 

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I don't know. I'm an Ocean View girl myself. Hare to justify the extra cost of the veranda for myself.

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Thank you for the info about the window seat categories- when it’s time to book it will make it easier to determine what is available. I would either do verandah or those window seats, probably depending on price. Our son will be 5, so I think I’d be ok with him sleeping inside while we relaxed on the verandah. Might be nice to have coffee out there in the mornings as well?

 

 

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Having my morning coffee on the balcony is one of my favorite parts of cruising.

My only concern with a 5 year old would be if he's a climber.

 

(Full disclosure - I'm a worrier)

I would worry about him pulling the chair over to the railing and climbing up on the railing.

That said - we just cruised with our 7 grandchildren (and their parents) - ranging in age from 2 -12 and no one ever did that.

 

I think I would feel slightly claustrophobic in an ocean view.

So each to his own.

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So today all extra on board activities are sold out in less than 12 hrs, would I be able to book some of these in person on boarding day? 

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